Royal Fashion: Best & Worst Maternity Style Moments Ranked
The Royal family has set the standard when it comes to maternity fashion. Despite a budding baby bump, the Royal women proved it’s actually not as difficult as you’d think to look chic and polished, but that’s not to say they haven’t had a few misses along the way. Follow along as we round up all the best and worst maternity style moments from Royal women Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle throughout the years.
15. Worst: Meghan Markle, October 2018
Meghan Markle turned quite a few heads in one of her appearances on the 2018 Australia/New Zealand tour where she wore a royal blue sweater and skirt combo. While we love the pleated midi skirt and the contrasting pops of light blue, we’re not sure that the mom-to-be realized the skirt was completely sheer in the daylight! The look bared all from the waist down and we’re quite certain the Queen would not have been a fan of a look this revealing on a Duchess.
14. Worst: Kate Middleton, January 2018
When we first saw Kate Middleton’s red houndstooth Catherine Walker coat, we were actually huge fans! The ’60s-inspired look is undeniably different than anything we’ve previously seen her wear and it channeled some serious Princess Diana and Jackie O vibes. Unfortunately, her choice of burgundy accessories was a huge downfall for Middleton and the colors absolutely clashed. The orange-red color of the coat looked quite awkward with the maroon tones of the accessories and we truly wish she would have opted for nude or black instead to allow the coat to shine!
13. Best: Meghan Markle, March 2019
Meghan opted for a stunning Victoria Beckham dress on 2019 Commonwealth Day that consisted of a bold, chain pattern. To channel a little tradition, Meghan accessorized with a mod-inspired circular pillbox hat, which was an iconic Jackie O look for many years. For a pop of color, Meghan topped the crisp white ensemble with olive-colored pumps and a matching olive clutch.
12. Worst: Meghan Markle, October 2018
For their second day in Fiji, Meghan and Harry both stepped out wearing flowery, boho numbers. While it’s rare to see Markle in a print, we can’t say this is one of our favorite styles on her! The shape of the dress itself isn’t too bad, but the bold print in combination with the pom-pom detailing at the waist came across a little tacky.
11. Best: Kate Middleton, April 2013
Kate Middleton absolutely dazzled at the 2013 National Portrait Gala where she stepped out wearing this icy blue empire waist dress. The shape of this dress was super flattering on the expectant Duchess and the glitter texture really brought a glamour factor. She pulled her hair into a loose half-up style and accessorized with simple drop-style earrings.
10. Worst: Kate Middleton, January 2018
We have to admit we weren’t the biggest fans of this cape number that Kate Middleton wore in January 2018 while visiting Sweden. The entire look seemed to feature an excess of fabric from the high neckline to the sheer cape to the floor-skimming length, which made it feel a little overly matronly and outdated.
9. Best: Kate Middleton, February 2018
Kate Middleton absolutely dazzled at the 2018 BAFTA Awards where she stepped out showing off her budding baby bump in an empire waist emerald number. We absolutely love how elegant the subtle bateau neckline of this dress looks. For added sparkle, the Duchess topped her look with an emerald jewelry suite.
8. Worst: Meghan Markle, February 2019
We weren’t the biggest fans of this conservative look worn by Markle on the second day of their Royal tour of Morocco. The dress seemed to drown her in fabrics and felt a little outdated in terms of maternity fashion. The color also wasn’t the most flattering and seemed to wash her out.
7. Best: Kate Middleton, March 2015
The expecting Kate Middleton was pretty in pink for the Queen’s birthday parade back in March 2015. This soft pastel color looked so gorgeous on her and the shift-style shape was flattering and strategic for a baby bump.
6. Worst: Kate Middleton, January 2018
Kate Middleton rarely has a fashion misstep and consistently steps out looking head to toe fabulous, but we were quite disappointed to see her step out in this yellow floral Erdem number back in January 2018. The look seemed to drown her body in heavy silk and patterns. The ruffle around the ankle was confusing and didn’t seem to flow with the dress. Despite this, we love her elegant updo, but simply wish she had opted for something a little less distracting!
5. Worst: Meghan Markle, January 2019
We have to admit that we weren’t the biggest fans of this bold colorful look worn by Markle in mid-January during a visit to Birkenhead. The combination of red and purple totally clashed and the entire look came as quite the shock from the neutral-favoring Duchess.
4. Best: Meghan Markle, March 2019
In early March, the expecting mother-to-be opted for a striking gold dress which she topped with one of her favorite white coats by Amanda Wakeley. The golden number hit her just above the knee and featured an absolutely gorgeous cream and gold brocade pattern that gave off a metallic sheen. The shift style shape of this dress really flattered the Duchess’ budding baby bump and the golden tones made her appear even more glowing than she already is!
3. Worst: Meghan Markle, February 2019
Meghan recently stepped out in Morocco wearing a floor-length patterned dress that we weren’t the biggest fans of. The double-tiered ruffled sleeves overwhelmed her figure, especially when paired with the sweeping skirt that had no shape. We wish this look had cinched in or had an empire waist for a more updated version of maternity fashion.
2. Best: Kate Middleton, April 2013
This fashionable royal rocked polka dots in the most polished way possible back during her 2015 pregnancy! She paired the black and white spotted dress with a classy cropped cardigan and a pair of simple black pumps. Rather than look juvenile or immature, the print actually looked quite sophisticated and elegant, especially when paired with her voluminous waves and dainty diamond earrings.
1. Worst: Kate Middleton, October 2017
Back in 2017 when it was announced that Kate Middleton was pregnant with her third child, many fans were on edge waiting for the first look the Duchess would wear to reveal her bump to the public. The first signs of her baby bump were clear when she wore this light blue dress in October 2017. As excited as we were about the new Royal baby, we, unfortunately, can’t say the same for this dress. The full lace look felt quite conservative and we weren’t fans of the unflattering sleeve detailing.